All across the board the staff are absolutely wonderful. It was my kiddos first trip ever to the dentist…When we walked in, he was so excited to see everyone he went right behind the desk to introduce himself to only be met with love & a sticky note to draw on and occupy his time while they continued to serve other patients so thoughtfully. Hygienist Cassidy & Dr. Myrick were so patient and kind with him. He enjoyed getting to show off his sweet little smile in a few seconds & boy did they do as much work as possible in those few seconds increments; all while making sure he felt comfortable and at ease with them…I can’t recommend this bunch enough! We see all kinds of doctors for my boy, but this staff has totally raised the bar for standard of care!” ~ Chelsea Standland
We love developing relationships and a history with our patients – we think of our dental practice as the DFS Dental family. We enjoy patients of all ages, especially children, and believe that early dentistry can lead to heathier teeth and a more vibrant smile over a lifetime.
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist around the time their first tooth erupts, typically before their first birthday. While this may seem early, we believe that it is important that your child’s newly erupted teeth receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits from the very beginning.
Children are not born with a fear of the dentist, but we know that the unknown can be scary for them. During the first visit, we hope to familiarize your child with the dentist, staff, instruments, and office. We will count their teeth, provide a cleaning, and make sure developmentally, everything is looking okay. This is also a perfect time for you to ask any and all questions you may have about your child’s smile.
Oral Health Habits for Young Children
Oral health begins when your child is an infant. Before their teeth erupt, you should clean your child’s mouth with a moist washcloth. As your child’s teeth begin to erupt, closely monitor them for any signs of discoloration or lines that could be caused by decay. Once your child’s first tooth emerges, we recommend beginning to make brushing a fun habit. You can begin teaching your child how to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless instructed to do so by an oral health professional.
Preventative Dentistry for Young Children
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed off of sugary foods and produce acids that breakdown your teeth. Children are at high risk for these “sugar bugs” due to their sugary diets and less established oral hygiene habits. Tooth decay can be prevented by proper oral hygiene habits and regular check ups with the dentist.
How to Brush
How to Floss
An Interview With The Tooth Fairy
The folks at the ADA submitted questions to the Tooth Fairy! 🙂
Tooth Fairy Tooth Tracker
Track which teeth you’ve lost to the Tooth Fairy!